Many Chinese companies today are busy developing their own operating systems. The reasons for this are different: one does not like the monopoly of Google with its Android, others want to take this niche in the market to supply their OS to other manufacturers.
There are also third companies, as Huawei, which is forced to the development of their own software, as it fell under the wave of American sanctions. General Manager of Huawei Consumer Business Group Yu Chengdong recently spoke about it. And in his words, there is a lot of interesting things.
For the first, the top manager noted the progress made in the development of the HarmonyOS mobile operating system. According to him, the degree of its development is 70-80% of the Android level.
And let this assessment comes from within the company, but the progress made by Huawei, is impressive. If in just a few years, the company managed to create an alternative to Android, ready for 70-80% of the level of the world OS, developed with a decade, then bringing HarmonyOS to the level of 100% of the same Android will obviously take no more than a year.
This means that the Huawei smartphones with HarmonyOS in the next year – reality. If only after the elections in the U.S. there will be no cardinal changes in the sanctions policy, and Google services will return to the smartphones of the Chinese company.
But in Huawei this option is clearly not considered. Moreover, the company believes that the sanctions may affect all Chinese manufacturers of smartphones, tablets and other consumer devices. And in this case, they will all be able to switch to HarmonyOS, which “gets better every day, every week and every month”.
“If it [ban] is imposed in the future so that all Chinese companies can’t use Google’s ecosystem, our ecosystem can be sold worldwide and we will create a replacement for Google’s ecosystem,” Chengduong said.
In general, Huawei believes HarmonyOS is much more than just its alternative to Google – it is seen as the all-Chinese plan B in case sanctions are imposed on all Chinese companies, even if this scenario seems unlikely.